fishing w/ 3 yr old

IS IT SLOTIS IT SLOT Posts: 204 Deckhand

i`m guessing. . . dock and shrimp see where goes from there.

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  • ResinheadResinhead Posts: 9,016 Admiral

    Both my boys started very young. The key with mine was let them do what they want and stop when they want. We'd fish a little, anchor up, swim and snorkle. Eat lunch. Let them be the boss.

    Mine are 21 and 16 now and both love the water and boating lifestyle. My 21 year old wants our bayboat when he gets out of college and most likely will get it.

    Gives me an excuse for a new ride. ;)

  • MonelloMonello Posts: 46 Greenhorn

    A small pond that has a nice population of bluegill will hold their interest.

  • Bite 1Bite 1 Posts: 482 Deckhand

    Big Boy pants and 'gills makes them feel fine

  • snookaffinitysnookaffinity Naples, FLPosts: 980 Officer

    @Resinhead said:
    Both my boys started very young. The key with mine was let them do what they want and stop when they want. We'd fish a little, anchor up, swim and snorkle. Eat lunch. Let them be the boss.

    Mine are 21 and 16 now and both love the water and boating lifestyle. My 21 year old wants our bayboat when he gets out of college and most likely will get it.

    Gives me an excuse for a new ride. ;)

    Did the same with my grand kids and they are grown, both love fishing and all outdoor activities.

    "It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt." - Mark Twain
  • Nick NikonNick Nikon Posts: 1,836 Captain
    edited February 10 #6

    ... #1 ... a well timed nap.

    ... #2 ... a life vest that fits.

    ... #3 ... a bobber under bait.

    The beauty of the bobber is that it doesn't require constant attention.

  • lemaymiamilemaymiami Posts: 2,908 Captain

    Great suggestions all... I tell parents that if they're bringing young kids to schedule much shorter trips than usual and when they're aboard I make a point of allowing young kids to play with the fish in the live well among other tricks... Any fish on the line is a treat for young-uns so I also make a point of telling them a bit about each specie we come across - it's my favorite classroom...

    With young'uns aboard I give up targeting big fish and concentrate on action - for anything that will bite... Those first trips will determine whether you raise a young fisherman (or lady...) or have kids that think fishing is something to be avoided....

    With our grandkids aboard we've also done a bit of wading and shelling along the way (and I try my best to avoid bad weather -had some failures in that department over the years) - so I always try to avoid getting caught in sudden bad weather situations with kids aboard if at all possible....

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  • fordmag84fordmag84 Bradenton, Fl Posts: 89 Greenhorn

    Shrimp and a poppin' cork, gives them something to do, and everything eats shrimp.

  • hardwayhardway Posts: 111 Deckhand

    Started my girls when they where very young, Two out of three, still do it and the third, once in a while, Capt, George the voice of experience

  • GarysmoGarysmo Posts: 388 Deckhand

    I started my boys early. We used the little kid rods and fished with a float. My middle guy was about 3 and loved to cast so I took a lure and cut the hook off so he could cast...worked well until he figured out he didn't have a hook :). Once they got the hang of it they would fish a rubber worm and cast under the docks for bass. Big thing was they knew that the first thing they did was put on their PFD!!! Have fun and enjoy

  • IS IT SLOTIS IT SLOT Posts: 204 Deckhand

    hmm hookless plug. . . .

  • SofthammerSofthammer Posts: 58 Greenhorn
    Excellent points. I started my kids at 3 and 4 and the key was continuous action. I’d anchor over a public reef with squid on a knocker rig. Non stop grunt action. Another very helpful thing was a cheap boat rod with a gimbal butt that was secure in a gunwale rod holder. That way they could reel in without help and to drop back down, all they had to do was flick the bail open on the reel. By the time my son was 4 he was killing the red grouper!
  • StayinLazyStayinLazy Posts: 383 Deckhand
    Reading all of y'alls stories makes me smile and gives me hope.  I have a 2 year old girl and a 5 month old son.  She will be ready by next summer and I can't wait.  I've already got her in love with the boat and boat rides.
  • jdl1948jdl1948 Posts: 89 Greenhorn
    "... #3 ... a bobber under bait."

    I think I'd reverse that.:p   Not sure how it'd work for the bait to be above the float.  No matter. Start'm young.  Seven grandkids from 12 to 1.  Four have learned to enjoy  fishing, one is on the way but only if the bite is on, and two are still too young, but their day is coming.
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